A follow-up to The Olympians, this Waldorf-inspired block uses the stories of well-known Greek mortals and demigods as told in D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths - Prometheus, Pandora, Pan, Echo and Narcissus, the Muses, Orpheus, Midas, and Sisyphus - to focus on the elements of story and to improve your child's writing skills. 


It includes an end-of-block project based on your child's choice of an epic hero's tale: Danaüs, Perseus, and the Gorgon; or Heracles; or Theseus; or The Golden Fleece; and a bonus mini-lesson for transitioning from the study and stories of Greek mythology to the stories of Greek history based on "The Apples of Love and the Apple of Discord."


You'll find lots of extras including connections to art, music, the birth of Western theatre, and more. Make Pandora's box and a laurel crown, as well as simple Greek-inspired form drawing.


This block is for families following a Waldorf-inspired path and/or families who enjoy unit-style studies will also enjoy this block. Target age is 10 -12, though older children may also find it captivating. 


In this 35+ page resource you will find:


  • 15 daily lesson plans including a variety of writing assignments - summary, compare/contrast, and persuasive all working more deeply on excellent writing skills.
  • A list of suggested main lesson book pages.
  • A monologue from Ancient Greek theatre and the world's oldest surviving complete musical work in notation transcribed for diatonic flute/soprano recorder.
  • Full-color photographs. 
  • Engagement Boosters to help you pique interest in lessons and future studies.


You will guide your child to:

  • Understand and give examples of ways that Ancient Greece continues to influence contemporary culture.
  • Identify and describe the primary gods and goddesses of the Greek pantheon.
  • Identify and describe well-known mortals and demigods from Greek mythology.
  • Create a map and describe the geography of Greece. Understand that the location and terrain of Greece influenced their sacred stories and that the deities were closely tied to geography and natural rhythms. They were also somewhat territorial which helped give rise to and support the city-states (to be studied in-depth in Grade 6).
  • Learn and use new vocabulary, with special emphasis on multi-meaning words.
  • Use the dictionary and thesaurus and study Greek root words.
  • Write with consideration of varying sentence types, length, and structure.
  • Write summaries, compare/contrast compositions, and position paragraphs.

Beneath Olympus